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Respiratory Therapist

Associate Degree Program - Harrisburg
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, 817-283-2835

Respiratory therapists provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Therapists get to know their patients, and their patients’ families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there.  Graduates are eligible to become registered respiratory therapists (RRT) after completion of the national credentialing examination.

About the career

If you are a pre-respiratory student at HACC and have not already met with the program director, Professor Aumiller, please call Maria at 717-780-2303 to schedule your appointment. Meeting with him is a requirement for the program. (See Admission Criteria for additional information.)

Respiratory Therapy Program Information Session - Next information session will be held in February - check back

Courses required/suggested schedule   includes sample time commitment (pdf) rev 12/13 new for Fall 2014

Estimated Expenses (pdf) 5/13
Admission Criteria and Point System, Essential Qualifications and Shadowing Form (pdf) rev 10/13
Respiratory therapist program clinical application for Fall 2014 on-line using Survey Monkey - Deadline to apply - May 1

Policies Affecting Program Admission

CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care) Outcomes data from the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status (RCS). Includes attrition, job placement and success on the credentialing exam. Note that in Pennsylvania, HACC has the second highest success rate (94%) for the RRT exam (one graduate has not scheduled the exam yet).  HACC has the second highest pass rate in PA on the national registry exams (94%) and is in the top 5% of programs nationally.

Respiratory Fall 2014 clinical application is completed ON-LINE using Survey Monkey - will be posted during Spring 2014 - look for the link here. (deadline April 15 @ 4 pm).

Selective program. Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You will be admitted as a pre-respiratory student and work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core component of the program.


Length of Program and College Degree Conferred - The respiratory therapist program is 86 credits, including 7 clinical semesters, with the awarding of an associate in science degree upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. The complete program is offered at the Harrisburg campus. Some required courses offered at other campuses and sites. The Respiratory Therapist program uses local healthcare facilities in the Dauphin, Cumberland, and Franklin County areas, however, the student may be required to travel to other areas in order to meet the learning objectives. Questions regarding these rotations should be discussed with the Program Director, Prof. Aumiller.

Graduates are eligible to become a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).

There is an articulation agreement in place with University of Cincinnati for an on-line Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (new 2013).

Program goal:  To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavioral) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Respiratory Therapist Program Contacts
Initial contact should be made to
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988

To arrange shadowing - Required within 24 months prior to submission of clinical program application - shadowing experience (arranged by emailing Joy Hughes

Respiratory system and machine explanation
Showing how to intubate patient
Showing how to intubate patient (close up)
Professor giving lecture
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